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Posted in: Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe See in context

Agreed. Hansen knows the Aussies will probably play well and throw the kitchen sink at the ABs so fingers crossed it should be close and entertaining. Just hope there aren't cards / bad ref spoiling the game. Too bad Hansen didn't pick Mo'unga IMO.

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Posted in: N Korea slams U.N. chief over call for nuclear disarming See in context

Agreed (OssanAmerica). Not completely surprising given their past record. I think it's gradually becoming clear verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is not (or probably never was) on the NK agenda. The regime needs the US boogeyman to survive. It's their cornerstone. I think NK agreed to negotiations with the US just to appease and more importantly get the Chinese to reduce sanctions which they have successfully done. No chance of sanctions working now (with the trade war) so now NK can carry on doing what NK do. The big question is ... How will Trump react when he finally realizes (if he ever does) he's been played?

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Posted in: India, China, USA and Brazil top drivers of growth within rugby’s 800 million-strong following See in context

Might sound like blasphemy but 7s is the future of rugby.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour reaches Taj Mahal See in context

Some lucky person probably gets to keep an eye on it while it goes around the wonders of the world. Sweet job.

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Posted in: Patrick Stewart to reprise 'Star Trek' role in new series See in context

Patrick Stewart  to reprise his role. Not too hard I would think. I mean Captain Pickard was a bald, old-looking thin dude first time round.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry forms new leadership, ending months-long vacuum See in context

the powerful Budget Bureau, which holds sway over government spending

Correct me if I'm wrong but in a democracy isn't the elected government supposed to be in change and held responsible? Window dressing.

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Posted in: Phone scammers arrested after one forgets ‘fraud manual,’ phones at convenience store See in context

Lock em up AND make them work for a long long time with all the money (at least 10X what they ripped off) to help those poor oldies. Scumbags.

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Posted in: Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about 'mother of all wars' See in context

Kinda reminds me of the mother of all battles rhetoric by Saddam Hussein. See how that turned out for him. And warn Trump about the dangers of war? Seriously bad move IMO. Is Iran getting desperate or something?

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Posted in: Is rugby going soft? Talking points from Super Rugby See in context

Agreed. Way waaaaaay too much whistle blowing. And would help if there was a bit more real agro. Has become a bit tiddlywinks cause of the TMO IMO.

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Posted in: Docomo develops world's first 360-degree 8K VR live video streaming and viewing system See in context

Not sure how good 30 fps would be. I guess it's a start. Even when 5G finally arrives surely there will be data caps. This would rip through serious GBs in no time at all so I'm not convinced it's going to happen anytime soon. But could be good for WC for sure.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate hits 25-year low; labor shortages remain a concern See in context

Oh. I forgot to add she's quitting tomorrow - partly because of the low pay / overtime. Another one to add to the 290,000 who left the workforce. Hold on...I'm onto something here. If they pay / treat people better there wouldn't be a shortage?

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate hits 25-year low; labor shortages remain a concern See in context

Yup. Lots of work available. Can't deny it. My missus is doing a bit of service zankyo as I type this. Hooray for Abenomics.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief seeks to reassure S Korea, Japan on N Korea See in context

"Mattis clearly realises there are some elements that he may not be able to control" in the relationship, he added

Some elements is an understatement. Trump will do or say whatever he feels like at any time, and probably without consulting anyone beforehand. SK and Japan should be very suspect about the so-called Ironclad commitment.

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Posted in: Abe, Macron discuss N Korea, Iran See in context

Putin's probably right. They are all on the sidelines. Macron's facial expressions sometimes look a bit intense / strange.

Pic 1: Going head to head.

Pic 2 WTF - He turned his back on me.

Pic 5 You think it's a small problem but it's going to get bigger - believe me.

Pic 6 I need to get in your face when you speak - again.

Pic 7 Good. I've hypnotized him. Now he's under my complete control.

Pic 8 Well, that didn't go so well. So let's both make a funny frown poker face as we leave.

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Posted in: Still smoking and still joking, Tommy Chong views life at 80 See in context

Dude deserves a medal. Took one for the cause. Legend

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Posted in: Abe tells N Korea: Release Japanese abductees or no aid See in context

Quietly detain equal number of NKs and then start closing down any NK connected businesses (pachinko etc). Trump has shown the Kim regime will change it's tune real fast when pushed hard. And don't say anything.

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Posted in: Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore See in context

Total denuclearization of the peninsula might be impossible while the US maintains their policy of neither confirming nor denying their nukes. There are no US forces or ship visits to NZ as a result of their opposing policies. How can US forces stay in SK. Kim knows this. Can of worms.

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Posted in: Japan consumer prices edge up 0.9% in March See in context

Rising prices will only spur growth IF wages increase and people spend now instead of in the furure. Big IF. So far, rising prices are just making most people poorer and they will stop spending.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia to host cinema test screening with 'Black Panther' See in context

Some really big changes happening in Saudi recently. Long overdue and sensible. Hope there isn't a backlash. Good for everyone.

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Posted in: Vietnamese rank top for 1st time in number of crimes committed by expats in Japan See in context

Oh good. Perhaps now they will start putting up more warning signs about anything to do with crime in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese (Japanese not really necessary of course but sometimes they put it on at the bottom in smaller text just for the sake of it).

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Posted in: U.S., Britain, France launch strikes against Syria See in context

Does seem a bit odd he would chemical weapons when he was winning. A miscalculation? US should've said if you use chemical weapons again you will be personally targeted. That might more of a difference to a dictator.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for whale hunt off northeastern coast See in context

Perhaps they should do more research into how detrimental whaling is to Japan's international image. I suspect the whole thing has really got very little to do with traditions or even eating whale meat for that matter. I believe the politicians and business people involved are corrupt. Little brown envelopes, political favors, seniority and amakudari is why this charade continues. You'd think the public would demand accountability but that's not really a Japanese tradition either.

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Posted in: Japan enacts record Y97.71 tril budget for FY2018 See in context

Central Bank effectively printing money and buying govt debt works while inflation is benign. In fact, a little inflation could help reduce total debt in real terms. It's all well and good as long as their main other lenders (Japanese companies, banks, pension fund and Mrs Watanabe) are happy with 0% interest and don't (ever) want their money back. The danger is if inflation takes off and interests rates with it the happy-go-lucky days of easy monetary policy will come to an abrupt end the govt will have to borrow from ...somewhere else at higher real interest rate, which of course they can't afford to do. And then God help them if Mrs Watanabe actually wants her money back. If real interest rates ever start to rise in Japan watch out (and quickly transfer every yen to your overseas bank) because basically they'll be bankrupt.

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Posted in: China says it got denuclearization pledge from N Korean leader Kim during Beijing visit See in context

Does denuclearization pledge = give up their nukes? Somehow I think highly unlikely. China and NK will be playing this one close to their chests. A pledge from NK is like Trump asking Abe to urge something to happen. Who knows what was really said. I'm pretty sure the NK went there to try to get more oil and keep their nukes. China wants nothing better than to see the US out of SK and South China seas. Strategy meeting to extract max gains from West.

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Posted in: Abe to have lunch with Obama on Sunday See in context

Wouldn't want to sneeze when you're doing that greeting.

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Posted in: Ireland early contenders to dent All Black hopes See in context

Styles of play and skill levels are much more similar between top teams than they used to be so I think a lot of games will be close. Good because it will be more exciting. Got a bit bored with watching the ABs running away with in the 2nd half again and again.

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Posted in: Japanese shares are among world's best performing See in context

Real performance means paying good dividends.

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Posted in: Chiefs beat the Bulls 41-28 in Super Rugby See in context

Agreed. Good game to watch. Would've been really close if the Chiefs had been yellow carded. Seems to me maybe the SA teams are getting their mojo back. Boks might be much stronger by next year in the WC.

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Posted in: Native speakers in demand as Japanese schools step up English lessons See in context

Last year I had an opportunity to teach groups of elementary school teachers who were going to start teaching English. Honestly, I felt sorry for most (95%) of them. None were specialized in the field (they have to teach all subjects!) and the level of support / preparation was in my opinion pathetic. Expect little or no improvement overall. The worst thing was we all knew this.

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Posted in: N Korea ready for war if Trump wants it, official says See in context

Yes. Trumps wants it. He'd like nothing better. If NK doesn't wise up to this fact real fast and change track they're history. There will be blood.

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